Vineyard Manager/Viticulturist

Jim Barry Wines
24 September 2019
Clare, Australia
Job Type
Closing Date
11 October 2019


A  career opportunity to manage outstanding Australian vineyards!

The Barry family have been regional leaders in the Clare Valley for almost 70 years. Today, wines under the Jim Barry label have an outstanding international reputation for regional excellence.  Jim Barry is one of the twelve Australia’s First Families of Wine and its recognition been further confirmed by the recent Halliday Wine Companion 2020 Winery of the Year.

Site-specific, sustainable vineyard management and the objective of a seamless integration of vineyard and winemaking philosophies underpin the company’s reputation. From 250 hectares in the Clare Valley, and a further 50 in Coonawarra, the company produces a wine range which includes the legendary Armagh Shiraz and single-site Rieslings from its Watervale, Florita and Lodge Hill vineyards. This new senior-management role is a career opportunity to lead and manage the vineyards which are at the heart of Jim Barry Wines’ fine reputation.

Based in the thriving Clare Valley, reporting to the Production Manager- Tom Barry, you will be responsible for managing all vineyard operations. Key responsibilities of this position include:

  • Development and implementation of the annual vineyard Operating Plan, based on sustainable viticulture principles.
  • Drive innovation and continuous improvement across all vineyard operations
  • Through leadership and example, effectively manage and inspire an established team including casual staff.
  • Maintain, adapt and develop timely, seasonally-specific fruit quality and weather contingency strategies to meet grape quality and production goals.
  • Effectively liaise with Winemaking, Sales and Marketing and Financial Managers to ensure a cohesive team approach to achieving the family’s goals.
  • Oversee, maintain and implement all relevant operational and HR, OH&S, procedural and legal compliance requirements, (both internal and external).

Qualifications and Experience

The successful candidate will require:

  • At least 8 years’ experience in a comparable viticultural management position with a company producing premium and super-premium quality grapes.
  • Wide-ranging methodical and technical proficiencies, with problem solving skills across all vineyard operations
  • A budget conscious and results-driven approach.

As a person, you will have:

  • A passion to innovate, improve and succeed.
  • Excellent leadership, motivation and people management skills.
  • The ability to communicate effectively and collaboratively with management and staff.
  • The ability to represent the company to the trade and media.

An attractive remuneration package (possibly including family accommodation), plus appropriate relocation costs, will be offered to the successful candidate.

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